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File-In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, attorney, Mari Newman, right, hugs Sheneen McClain during a press conference at the Aurora Municipal Center after the police department released the body camera footage of McClain's son, Elijah, being stopped while walking by three officers from the Aurora Police in late August 2019. McClain died three days later from injuries sustained during the stop. (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)

Family lawyer probing police actions in Black man's death

Jun. 26, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Black man who died after being stopped by suburban Denver police last year because he was “being suspicious,” said Friday she and Elijah McClain's relatives have been conducting their own investigation after an official inquiry cleared three white...

FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini leaves the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, surrounded by media after a hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland. Former UEFA president Michel Platini is formally under investigation in Switzerland for a $2 million payment he got from FIFA in 2011. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Michel Platini now a formal suspect in Swiss case

Jun. 26, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — French soccer great Michel Platini has been formally placed under investigation in Switzerland in relation to a $2 million payment he got from FIFA in 2011. Swiss federal prosecutors this month extended their open criminal proceedings into then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s role in the...

In this June 16, 2020, photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asks a question during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of force and community relations on on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seven months after ending her presidential bid, Harris is at another crossroads moment in her political career.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)

'A problem that we need to solve': Harris takes on policing

Jun. 26, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When pressed to take a position on tough issues during the Democratic presidential primary, Kamala Harris often replied with a variation of “we need to have that conversation.” But as the U.S. is roiled by police killings of Black men and women, the California...

Sabina Hernandez Bautista, 59, prepares food in a stall inside Mercado San Cosme, where some vendors have put in place their own protective measures against coronavirus while others continue to work without masks or barriers, in Mexico City, Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Mexico passes 25,000 dead; treasury secretary gets virus

Jun. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico pushed past 25,000 reported coronavirus deaths and 200,000 confirmed cases Thursday, as the treasury secretary said he tested positive and would self-isolate while working from home. The Health Department reported 6,104 newly confirmed infections, one of the highest 24-hour...

In this undated photo made available by Stephen Smith, GOP primary candidate Madison Cawthorn participates in a debate at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville, N.C. Cawthorn, 24, soundly defeated the preferred candidate of President Donald Trump. He defeated Lynda Bennett by a 2-1 margin. (Stephen Smith via AP)

At age 24, N.C. Congress runoff victor may be rising star

Jun. 24, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After nearly dying in a car crash six years ago, western North Carolina congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn already has learned many life lessons by age 24. “There is no time to wait,” Cawthorn said in a recent interview. “Life is precious and it can be taken...

In this photo provided by Cawthorn campaign staffer Patrick Sebastian, Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Hendersonville, N.C. Cawthorn won Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump's endorsed candidate for the nomination. (Patrick Sebastian/Cawthorn Campaign via AP)

Cawthorn, 24, defeats Trump's pick in N Carolina GOP primary

Jun. 23, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 24-year-old real estate investment CEO won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate for the nomination. Madison Cawthorn handily defeated Lynda Bennett to complete an upset for...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, people hold signs as they listen to a speaker in front of city hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo., during a rally to protest the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. In the wake of Floyd's death, state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Floyd death sparks efforts to hold more officers accountable

Jun. 13, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The murder charges against the four police officers involved in George Floyd's death present rare instances of officers being held legally responsible for their actions. Now state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to do. In the days since protests rocked cities across...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Romney says he'll 'stay quiet' on his 2020 presidential vote

Jun. 9, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney declined again Monday to endorse President Donald Trump’s reelection, saying he would “stay quiet” about whom he'll be supporting in November. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told reporters on Capitol Hill, “I'm not going...

-FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file image the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb has been arrested on war crimes charges related to the conflict in Darfur more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday. Kushayb surrended to authorities in a remote corner of northern Central African Republic, near the country's border with Sudan, International Criminal Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Sudan militia leader in custody on Darfur war crimes charges

Jun. 9, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — In a significant breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for crimes in Darfur, Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the devastating conflict, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was...

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, former chief minister of Saba state on Borneo island, Musa Aman, center, arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Musa Aman was among several senior politicians from the United Malays National Organization who were charged with corruption after the party's shocking defeat in 2018 polls. The party became part of a new alliance government under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that came into power in March. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File)

Malaysian prosecutors drop second high-profile graft case

Jun. 9, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors on Tuesday dropped 46 corruption charges against a former state leader, the second high-profile graft case to be dismissed since a new government took over in March. Musa Aman, ex-chief minister of Sabah state on Borneo island, was among several senior...